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Plot: Can a bickering odd couple in Manhattan become friends and maybe more? Owlish Felix is an unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a neighboring flat takes the occasional payment for sex. She's Doris, more wildcat than pussycat, and when Felix's… Runtime: 95 min Release Date: 03 Nov 1970
great movie--Shame on Columbia for editing DVD (by TLW404)
Many classic scenes, Bombs Away, TV in the aquarium, Barbra's hands and heart placed just .....hovever, when the DVD company from hell released it on DVD, they censored a word that renders an entire scene meaningless.It was an historic word also, the first time a star had eversaid it in a major film. F***!! The only time anyone hasever censored Barbra to this day! Still a great comedy!Sexy, funny and way ahead of its time! One of Bab's best! George's too!
This film has enough laughs for 10 motion pictures combined (by robb_772)
One of the most hilarious films ever made, THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT has more laughs than ten of today's so-called "comedies" combined. Even though a few set changes and a couple of new supporting characters are added to "open up" the storyline, director Herbert Ross and writer Buck Henry manage to keep the same spirit of the original one-act, two-character play intact. There's a lot of verbal warfare in Henry's screenplay, and he seems to have a gift for penning wickedly funny dialogue. Some viewers could argue that THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT is little more than <more>
two characters insulting each other for 95 minutes, but - when those insults are so rigorously funny - who cares? In the female lead, Barbra Streisand gives a refreshingly unsentimental performance as Doris, the semi-illiterate hooker who for once does not have a heart of gold. George Segal was primarily known as a dramatic actor before he was cast as Felix, the snotty book clerk/writer-wannabe. His performance is so convincing that he has been known as an expert comic ever since. The chemistry between Streisand and Segal ignites from the beginning, and it stays aflame throughout their relationship's many ups and downs. Robert Klien has a funny supporting role - and plays it expertly - but THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT remains a showcase for the chemistry between Streisand and Segal. I think well-respected film critic Pauline Kael said it best when she wrote, "Were Tracy and Hepburn ever this good. . . maybe, but they were never better." High praise indeed!
There are reviews here by people who are clueless (by silveryjessica)
First of all, this film was not hated by critics. It was adored by critics, and it was a huge hit.Second, it is not a rip-off of anything else. It isn't derivative of anything else. It was a book. Then it was a play, starring Diana Sands and Alan Alda. Then it became this movie, with some significant changes, the main one being the elimination of the interracial pairing that had existed in the play.Third, George Segal has been working in comedies for his entire career. Fourth, this is a seriocomedy, with easily as much pathos as comedy. The comedy is broad and rapid-fire, and the pathos <more>
is very intense. There are moments of intense pain along with some really hearty laughs. Fifth, this is a time capsule. New York was a violent, dirty, impoverished, scary place in 1970, and never did people on the fringes struggle more. This is a time where you could be thrown out of your apartment in the middle of the night for making too much noise, before ATMs and when people had recordings of vicious dogs next to their front doors to deter all-too-common burglars. This is a time of a seedy 42nd Street, where you could go to one of 40 porn houses and watch full- length dirty movies all night, surrounded by drunks and bums and perverts. This is a movie of a place and time that doesn't exist any more, and these were the people who tried not to lose themselves while trying to make their dreary lives a little more than the reality they were trapped in.When people take themselves and this site too seriously, and run off at the mouth about movies they don't understand in language that is imprecise and improperly used, it makes me annoyed.Watch this film. It is unlike others. You will find things to love in it.
Barbra Streisand and George Segal combine there comedic talents to make one of the finest comedies of all time. This film is a combination of good acting, good directing, and is an all-around good movie. It is very much Simonesque to invent a term in its aptitude and subtle comedy. The way to tell a superb comedy, is if after the the film, you are left with a feeling of nostalgia. This is definitely one of those films.
Excellent acting which made me believe in this comical romance (by gross-12)
Barbara Streisand plays a prostitute named Doris, who moves in with George Segal's character, Felix but he claims his name is Fred by the end of the movie. This movie is an interesting mix of 60's romance, comedy, and psychological study. The dialog is witty and I found the characters believable. The chemistry between Streisand and Segal is what makes this movie, and I liked the way the sex scenes were shot, almost as if we were watching reality TV instead of a film. Nevertheless, the characters develop as the film progresses, until one has the feeling at the end that <more>
Streisand's character has softened, and Segal's has matured. I found Streisand's character to be irritating at first, and more and more likable as the movie progresses. This movie illustrates how opposites attract, and then how in a love relationship each partner becomes more like the other as they become a couple. Although the pace of scenes may be a little slow for a modern audience, the quality of the dialog definitely makes up for it. I still felt the film was relevant even watching the video 35 years after I first saw the movie in a theater.
Not much actually happens in this romantic comedy. George Segal is a self-styled intellectual author who doesn't write well. He ekes out a living as a clerk in Doubleday's Book Store in New York. When he espies neighbor Barbra Streisand making love and accepting some cash in exchange, he calls the building superintendent. The super throws Streisand out and she invades -- that's the word -- invades Segal's shabby digs. She's a vulgar, would-be actress, model, and occasional girl for hire.She raises such a fuss in Segal's apartment that the super throws both of them out. <more>
Segal takes her to the apartment of a friend, Robert Klein, but their loud arguments and queer garb don't ask arouse and disturb Klein and he leaves the apartment. Segal winds up in the lethal embrace of the raptorous Streisand.They separate unamicably for a few weeks but the encounter has taught each of them something and they have another date at the apartment of Segal's rich fiancée, a pianist. She and her family happen to be in Boston, where the fiancée is giving a performance with the Boston Symphony. In the sybaritic apartment, Streisand produces some marijuana which the bookish Segal smokes on a dare and they end up in the bath tub together. The apartment doesn't remain empty of others for long.It's really a familiar story of two nutty, idiosyncratic, mismatched New Yorkers, each of whom teaches the other to overcome pretensions. But it's so slickly done, adapted by Buck Henry from somebody's play, that it succeeds in a wild and uneven fashion.I think it might help a viewer to be at least a little familiar with the geographic and chronological milieu. I mean -- this is New York City in the late 1960s. Times Square is filled with porno shops and sleazy clothing outlets and beggars. And there is the conflict of subcultures -- the bourgeois on the one hand Segal and the iconoclastic on the other Streisand . The use of grass was a daring enterprise for the middle class.But you don't really need to have been there to enjoy the gags. They come thick and fast, both verbal and physical. I'll give an example. During their separation, Segal is passing a dirty movie theater in Times Square this was pre-video tape and notices that the movie playing -- the pornographic "Cycle Sluts" -- stars Streisand. Writhing with disgust and curiosity, Segal buys a ticket and as he's passing through the lobby, an attendant asks, "Raincoat?" Segal: "I don't have a raincoat." Attendant: "You want to RENT one?" I don't particularly like Barbra Streisand's personality. She has an ego the size of Greenland. But she's phenomenal in this comic role and looks utterly pinchable too, despite that prominent proboscis. Segal is even better as the put-upon author who's work has been turned down by every publisher in New York. His role is the more difficult because he's basically the straight man, but he does wonders with it. Watch his expression when he's stoned and naked in the tub with Streisand and they hear the doors open and close as his fiancée and her family arrive unexpectedly. His face turns crimson. "You're about to meet Miss Weyderhaus," he says with a mischievous smile, as if they were two kids about to be discovered playing hookey from the third grade.The movie collapses on itself in the last ten minutes or so, trying to turn "serious," but only managing to achieve "off-putting." They may wind up married but I wouldn't bet on its lasting.
One Loud Hooker Plus One Insecure Writer Equals a Match Made Only in the Movies (by EUyeshima)
After three big-budget Broadway-based period musicals in a row, Barbra Streisand obviously made a conscious career decision to convey a more contemporary image on screen. She succeeds in spades in this often hilarious 1970 comedy adapted by Buck Henry from a hit Bill Manhoff play and directed by Herbert Ross. Streisand plays Doris, a loud-mouthed fetish hooker who claims to be a model and an actress. She gets thrown out of her apartment when her neighbor, a nebbish bookstore clerk and aspiring writer named Felix Sherman, reports her clandestine activities to the landlord. This causes a <more>
confrontation in which she is convinced he's gay and seduces him. Another fight ensues causing them to get kicked out of his apartment. The rest of the film is mostly their bickering as they travel from one apartment to the next and carry out their improbable, Pygmalion-like opposites-attract romance.In the same year he made two greatly underrated films, the mature "Loving" and the manic "Where's Poppa?", George Segal makes Felix a lovably insecure schlub and provides great chemistry with Streisand in her first non-singing role. They have a great scene in the bathtub where both are completely stoned as his fiancée and her parents walk in, and he has a funny scene where he pretends to be the TV to help Doris get to sleep. For Streisand's part, she wears a hysterically tacky negligee, dances in a go-go cage, appears in a soft-porn flick called "Cycle Sluts" we only hear the riotous audio - "Where are you putting THAT?" and says the "F" word unfortunately cut out of the DVD version though it's obvious when she says it . It's not her best screen performance, but it's one of her funniest. Henry's sharp dialogue and Ross' quick pacing help considerably in making this an enjoyably vulgar romantic comedy. The 2001 DVD had no extras other than three trailers, none for this movie.
A lot of people criticize this film for not being funnier. If it was, I probably would have suffered cardiac arrest. Barbra Streisand and George Segal are hilarious.Seldome have I seen two great actors paired in a funny movie that really clicks.Barbra is doing this film soon after winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in her first film Funny Girl . She is a riot as a prostitute that absolutely drives Felix Segal nuts! It has to be added that this is the first major film in which a major actress says f*ck. I hear this has been cut from all but the VHS version. Segal chose to go the <more>
comedy route, rather than drama, for which he is equally qualified Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? . He starred with Jane Fonda in the original Fun With Dick and Jane. Here he is a perfect match for Doris Streisand as an uptight writer.I am not stretching the truth even the slightest bit to say that these two will crack you up.